Amazon to test full-time, full-salaried 30-hour work week

After being ripped apart in last year's NY Times' expose, the company seems to be trying to change its work culture

By Scott Eric Kaufman
August 29, 2016 10:34PM (UTC)
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Online retail giant Amazon announced a pilot program in which full-time employees would have their work-weeks cut to 30 hours without seeing an equivalent cut in pay.

The workers will continue to receive the same benefits and salaries as their 40-hour colleagues, and they will be expected to perform at the same levels they currently are -- however, the company is banking that the reduced hours will increase the productivity and creativity of those involved.


"We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth," Amazon said in a statement. "This initiative was created with Amazon's diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a 'one size fits all' model."

Ellen Galinsky, the president of the Families and Work Institute, told The Post's Karen Turner that "[t]here has for a very long time been a stigma against working reduced hours, or part-time work. Even names like that, 'part-time' or 'reduced,' make it seem like a deviation from the norm, like you're doing less."

The initiative was first announced at a seminar entitled "Reinventing the Work-Life Ratio for Tech Talent," a clear reference to The New York Times' devastating 2015 expose on the company's work culture.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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